If you’ve grown up in the ‘Bible Belt’, you probably have heard of Lottie Moon. But if you haven’t, we hope that this post will shed some light!
Who Was Lottie Moon?
The International Mission Board sums up Lottie Moon’s life this way, “When she set sail for China, Lottie was 32 years old. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God’s lead. Her path wasn’t typical for an educated woman from a wealthy Southern family. But Lottie did not serve a typical God. He had gripped her with the Chinese peoples’ need for a Savior.
For 39 years Lottie labored, chiefly in Tengchow and P’ingtu. People feared and rejected her, but she refused to leave. The aroma of fresh-baked cookies drew people to her house. She adopted traditional Chinese dress, and she learned China’s language and customs. Lottie didn’t just serve the people of China; she identified with them. Many eventually accepted her. And some accepted her Savior.”
Why Have An Offering In Her Name?
Lottie Moon was known for writing letters back to the States, encouraging Southern Baptists to support missions. One of these letters sparked Southern Baptists’ first Christmas offering for international missions in 1888. Their goal was to raise $2,000; they raised $3,315.26 – enough to send three more missionaries to China (Source). Read the letter that inspired the Christmas offering here.
“Is not the festive season when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?”
Sept. 15, 1887
What Does The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Do?
By giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, you support hundreds of missionaries around the world. Missionaries who are bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they go. Last year, giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering allowed misionaries and their partners to:
• present the Gospel to more than 1,400,000 individuals
• baptize more than 266,000 new believers
• start more than 24,000 churches
• engage 133 new people groups
To God Be the Glory!